Living with the Dragon: How the American Public Views the Rise of China

Living with the Dragon: How the American Public Views the Rise of China

by Benjamin I Page, Tao Xie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231152086

ISBN-13: 9780231152082

Pub. Date: 06/11/2010

Publisher: Columbia University Press

It is widely believed that most Americans not only distrust but also despise China. Considering the country's violent political history, unprecedented economic rise, and growing military capabilities, China has become America's strongest market competitor and arguably the most challenging global threat to the United States.

Nevertheless, a full consideration of

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Overview

It is widely believed that most Americans not only distrust but also despise China. Considering the country's violent political history, unprecedented economic rise, and growing military capabilities, China has become America's strongest market competitor and arguably the most challenging global threat to the United States.

Nevertheless, a full consideration of American opinion proves the opposite to be true. Carefully analyzing all available polls and surveys, Benjamin I. Page and Tao Xie find most Americans favor peaceful engagement with China. The public view has been surprisingly coherent and consistent, changing only in response to major events and new information.

While a majority of Americans are not happy that China's economy is projected to become as large as that of the United States, they are prepared to live with it. "Unfair" Chinese trade practices and their impact on American jobs and wages are a concern, along with the quality and safety of Chinese-made goods. However, Americans favor free trade with China, provided it is tempered with environmental and workplace protections. They also believe that the United States should "balance" Chinese power through alliances with neighboring countries, such as Japan. Yet they oppose military action to defend Taiwan. Page and Xie examine these opinions in relation to facts about China and in light of current U.S. debates on diplomacy and policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231152082
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/11/2010
Series:
Contemporary Asia in the World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

List of FiguresForeword by Andrew J. Nathan Preface1. The United States and China2. The Economic Dragon3. The Rise of China as a World Power4. Democracy and Human Rights5. Friends or Foes? 6. The Future of U.S.-China RelationsAppendix 1. Major Surveys UsedAppendix 2. Regression TablesNotesWorks CitedIndex

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